Washington Gas Energy wins contract to operate Bellingham solar project in US

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Washington Gas Energy Systems has secured a contract to own and operate a 3,802kW solar project in Bellingham, Massachusetts.

The project, which will feature 12,672 solar panels, is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the same amount as planting over 1,600,000 pine trees.

Developed by NextSun Energy, the project will be engineered and constructed by Gehrlicher Solar.

Upon completion, the project is expected to generate about 4,800MW hours of energy annually and provide Bellingham with low-cost electricity rates over the next 20 years.

Construction of the project commenced in March 2013 and is expected to be completed by late June this year.

Washington Gas Energy Systems will own and operate the solar facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Bellingham Board of Selectman chairman Michael Soter said the town and school officials evaluated several firms before selecting NextSun for the project.

Bellingham schools are expected to save nearly $6m in energy costs over the 20-year life of the project.

Image: The Bellingham solar project is expected to generate about 4,800MW hours of energy annually. Photo: Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.